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Monday 21 January 2019

Rail chaos looms after talks to avert a strike break down

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Allison Bray

Allison Bray

The threat of rail chaos affecting DART, commuter and intercity trains came a step closer to reality after talks aimed at averting a strike broke down last night.

Talks between Irish Rail and officials with the National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU) and Siptu at the Workplace Relations Commission ended without resolution shortly before midnight last night, leaving up to 155,000 rail passengers a day facing the prospect of no service if a strike goes ahead.

The results of a ballot for industrial action by union members will be announced today.

Irish Rail issued a statement last night in which it said the unions rejected its offer of a 1.75pc pay increase for a year "to be facilitated by measures including performance management, absenteeism management, revisions to redeployment policy and payroll."

The company also claimed it "committed to discussing more substantive productivity issues to fund further improvements in earnings beyond the one-year agreement in a defined period."

Irish Independent

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